Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)

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Rich Hill
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland) is located in USA
Rich Hill (Bel Alton, Maryland)
Location Northeast of Bel Alton on Bel Alton-Newtown Rd., Bel Alton, Maryland
Coordinates 38°28′54″N 76°57′3″W / 38.48167°N 76.95083°W / 38.48167; -76.95083Coordinates: 38°28′54″N 76°57′3″W / 38.48167°N 76.95083°W / 38.48167; -76.95083
Area 15 acres (6.1 ha)
Built 1825 (1825)
NRHP Reference # 75000885[1]
Added to NRHP November 12, 1975

Rich Hill, near Bel Alton, Maryland, was owned by Colonel Samuel Cox during the US Civil War, who harbored sympathies for the Confederate cause. Following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, Cox hid assassin John Wilkes Booth and his companion, David Herold, in a swamp near Rich Hill. Booth and Herold left the property on April 21, crossing the Potomac River in a small boat.[2] Following Booth's capture, Cox was tried and convicted of aiding Booth, receiving a light sentence.

The house is significant in its own right, showing characteristic features of southern Maryland house construction.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ J. Richard Rivoire (May 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Rich Hill" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 

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